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Welcome to the NAMI CIT Center. Our mission is to provide NAMI members, local law enforcement and mental health providers with assistance and up-to-date information about Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs.  The NAMI CIT Centerserves as a clearinghouse of information about CIT programs nationwide.   The Center facilitates ongoing communications between CIT programs and engages in national networking to establish standards and promote the expansion of CIT. 

For more information, or to sign up for our mailing list, email Laura Usher at laurau@nami.org.To subscribe on our e-newsletter, CIT in Action, go to www.nami.org/subscribe and follow the instructions to subscribe to a newsletter. Click on the links below to read past issues of CIT in Action.


CIT Advocacy Toolkit
Please click on the link above to read NAMI's CIT Advocacy Toolkit. The toolkit includes basic information on CIT and criminalization; fundraising tools; a guide to building community partnerships and media talking points.


CIT in Action

CIT in Action: February 2014
What to Say When you Have to Call 911, Help for Veterans Involved in the Justice System, NAMI Affiliates Play a Key Role in CIT Programs, and much more!

CIT in Action: October 2013
Special 25th Anniversary Edition

CIT in Action - August 2013
New re-entry guide to help prisoners with mental illness; Ask a Cop column on what to do if a non-CIT officer comes to your home in a crisis; working with probation officers and much more!


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Related Stories

Fighting stigma in law enforcement
Major Sam Cochran of the Memphis CIT program talks about CIT and fighting stigma in law enforcement.


Other Resources

NAMI Connecticut's Understanding the Criminal Justice System
NAMI Connecticut recently released this guide to the criminal justice system in Connecticut for adults with mental illnesses, advocates and families.

The High Cost of Cutting Mental Health: Criminal Justice
This new fact sheet on criminalization of people with mental illness is part of our State Advocacy series and shows how state budget cuts hurt people with mental illness.

Sequential Intercept Model
The National GAINS Center's newly updated Sequential Intercept Model.


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Links

CIT International
Visit the website of CIT International, a non-profit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training programs throughout the U.S. and in other nations worldwide in order to promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities and reduce the stigma of mental illness.

National Re-entry Resource Center
The Resource Center, established by the Second Chance Act, provides assistance to the prisoner reentry field. It provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, nonprofit organizations, and corrections agencies working on prisoner reentry.

Police Executive Research Forum
PERF is a membership organization of police executives, and is dedicated to improving policing and advancing professionalism through research and involvement in public policy debate.

The Council of State Governments Justice Center
The Justice Center serves states to promote effective data-driven practices particularly in areas in which the criminal justice system intersects with other disciplines, such as public health to affect a particular public safety problem.

The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project
A repository of information about all aspects of jail diversion, reentry, and enhanced treatment for offenders with mental illness.


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